Mouth of Babes

"At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." – Matthew 11:25

Bishop Walter Hawkins, 1949-Eternity

Today, a true gift from God has returned to his maker. You’ve made us dance, laugh, cry, and bow down in worship. You were truly blessed w/ a talent to inspire and uplift others in the midst of the toughest moments in their lives. Your music has stood the test of time and will continue to do so in the generations to come. I can’t wait to sing praises to our Lord with you in heaven. I won’t be sad for you because I know you’ve found your resting place in God’s arms. Thank you for the music! See you soon 🙂

I’d like to end this post with one of my favorite songs, a Hawkins Singers  classic, “Be Grateful”:
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Give God Your Best! Get the MOST out of LESS

Today, I was tweeting about how disappointed I am at some of the Christian community’s creative efforts. Now before you label me as an infected limb on the body of Christ, let me make myself clear. I’m not here to put down or diminish anyone’s efforts to edify and inspire God’s people, especially if everything is done with a pure heart and to the glory of God. What I’m saying is that a lot of times, people will get these grand ideas or “visions from God” (I put that in quotes because the phrase is often misused) and assume that they’re meant to be accomplished right now. However, that’s usually not the case; in fact, the grander the idea looks to you, the longer it’ll probably take to accomplish–not to say that God isn’t capable of performing the work right then and there. Just be careful not to jump the gun when it comes to your destiny, but instead, leave everything in God’s hands. After all, God’s timing is not our own, so try your best to acquire patience and it will serve you well in this lifetime. It’s okay to have less! Let me repeat that for all TBN and Word Network frequenters. IT’S OKAY TO HAVE LESS! A lot of times, people will get caught up in what other people are doing and what they have. What ends up happening is that we start to see a lot of carbon copies and very few originals. Take note of this saints: no matter how hard you try, you can never “do” someone else better than, or even as good as, they can. We don’t want the Christian version of what the world has, at least, the true body of Christ doesn’t. Stick to what you do best, the thing that God created you to do, and allow others to do what God created them to do. That’s why we’re a body. The foot can’t do what the hand does, neither can the eye do what the ear does. The spirit disperses gifts as it pleases (1 Corinthians 12:11), so you can’t just say a prayer and become something if God hasn’t willed it. Just focus your energy on being a willing vessel of God and He will lead you every step of the way. Don’t gage your journey against someone else’s, but do your best with what God has given you–lest you fall into the same trap that Cain did in Genesis 4.

(This is an old post that I found in my drafts. I figured it might help someone.)

Show Me Your Guns: The Measure of A True Christian

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About an hour ago, I watched this video of James Cone speaking at the “State of the Black Union: The Black Church” panel discussion. I found it rather bizarre that this radical black libertarian theologian would be sitting next to someone like Bishop Paul S. Morton, but they tend to arrange these types of scenarios for the situational irony. But I digress–back to my point…I hope that you take the time to watch the video before reading any further, because I’d rather you hear the words from the horse’s mouth. But for those whose time is far too precious, I’ll try my best to summarize. Basically, Dr. Cone’s main point was that the problem with the black church is that its lost sight of what Christianity is really about–failure. He used the example of the cross, which would be Jesus’ failure (by the world’s standards), to emphasize his point that the black church needs to get back to a place where it upholds struggle over comfort….defeat over triumph…poverty over lucre. The church has to get back to a place where it’s humbled before God and man, naked, and vigorous in its assertion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What does it mean to be approved by man? Aside from Christ, man is totally depraved and wicked in all its ways. On the other hand, what does it mean to be approved by God? It means that you have adopted his likeness and completely surrendered your will to his, along with the promise of eternal life through Christ. Prosperity teachers, stop dangling your platinum crosses in people’s faces and point them to the real cross, the one that was heavy, rugged, and stained w/ Jesus’s blood. Stop painting a glamourous picture of Christianity. Show them the videos of what’s happening in places like India and Sudan to people who unabashedly stand for Christ. Preach on the passages in the bible that often get overlooked. Tell them the price they’ll have to pay for salvation–their lives. Jesus Christ doesn’t want fans, he wants followers. Who’s willing to pick up their cross to follow him? Show me your guns! Show me the fruits of your labor for Christ….that’s the real measure of a Christian. We don’t need glitz and glam, we need muscle. That’s where our real strength lies.

This video has inspired me so much, by reminding me what my faith is all about. If I don’t live up to this message and I’m in the same place six months from now, call me out on it. I’m so serious. It’s time out for playing games in the church. I’ve been to way too many “holy ghost parties” with nothing to celebrate. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Who’s ready?

Response to the video:

I think part of that fail we should be expecting is that some people won’t like the cross, and turn away from the church. But the ultimate success would be seen in those who were drawn and changed by the cross. – @JoyisWar

God’s NOT About to Waste His Ruby on a Cheap Band

Breaking News: There is a bad case of  Soulmate Syndrome going around in our churches, affecting large quantities of single, God fearing men and women. Pastors are working expeditiously to determine the source of the problem, while their congregations look on in horror. Around the world, people are asking one question–where did this come from?

Experts have developed a quick test to determine if you’re a potential carrier of Soulmate Syndrome. Read the following instructions very carefully and complete them accordingly:

1) Extend your right arm so that it is perpendicular to your chest and all of your fingers point away from your body

2) Bend your elbow so your forearm is parallel to your chest.

3) Rotate your wrist in a counterclockwise direction and stop when it forms a 90 degree angle with your chest.

4) Fold the middle, ring, and pinky fingers of that same hand into a fist-like position.

5) Clasp your thumb over the three fingers that you just folded.

6) Keep your arm and hand in this position, if you are a man.

If you haven’t picked up on it, this article is direct towards all of the single, Christian men out there; but I urge the women to keep reading, as well. Let me make something clear, I’m not some radical female out to emasculate or degrade men, that would make me out of order and completely discredit every word in this post. I’m writing this blog, from a place of concern, as a wake up call to a lot of the men who are sitting around anxiously awaiting their special prize– a Proverbs 31 woman.

Survey: (Be completely honest with yourself) Raise your hand if you’re a man who thinks that we’re not all butt-naked and laughing in Eden today because of the serpent and Eve’s mistake?

If your answer to that question was yes, then I strongly advise you to keep reading. If not, still keep reading 🙂 Moving forward……The part that a lot of people overlook in Genesis 3 is the answer that Adam gives God when he asks about what he’s done. What Adam doesn’t say is, “My bad, Lord! I fouled up; I’ll try not to do it again”. Instead, what he says is, “This woman’s not working right, take her back and start over”. He never acknowledges that he was wrong, instead he blames everybody else that’s present. Now, Eve goes and does the thing same to the serpent, but that’s aside from the point that I’m trying to make. God gave the instructions to Adam. If he had just fessed up and said, “I know I was wrong, but that fruit was lookin’ GOOD!”, God might’ve given him another chance and just punished Eve and the serpent. However, when you deflect all of your problems onto the creation, you insult the creator; and trust me, He’s the last person you want to insult. What does this point have to do with finding your soulmate? Bare with me, and I’ll explain.

The reason why a lot of men will never find their “Proverbs 31” is because they don’t know how to treat the women around them. No, Eve wasn’t a Proverbs 31 woman in Genesis 3, but look at how she acted in Genesis 4. Stop going around criticizing and putting down every woman you meet that isn’t “your wife” and blaming those women for your singleness. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you will instantly fall into the role of a perfect husband when the right woman comes along; what you’ll really do is make a complete fool of yourself. Instead of going around asking every woman you meet if she’s a Proverbs 31, ask yourself, “am I 1 Peter 3:7 man?”. How about a Galatians 6: 1? Or a Romans 12: 1 and 2? I could go on for days, but you get the point. Stop worrying about everyone else’s conduct and work on your own. If you sense any pride within yourself, if you’re quick to anger, if you struggle with sexual immorality or perversion, ask God to work on your heart, so that you’ll know how to treat your P31 when you find her–lest you turn her into an Ezekiel 16 (eek!).

As the title states, God’s not about to waste His ruby on a cheap band. What that means is that he’s not gonna send you a Proverbs 31, if you don’t know how to act. God loves all of his children equally, male and female, so He wouldn’t deliver any of them into the hand of destruction. If you’re a cheap band, as in you look good for a while but start to turn green and rust as time progresses, God’s not about to let you get near one of his precious gems. Work on yourself, treat all of the women around you with respect, and most importantly, learn how to submit to YOUR husband–Christ. If you do these things, God just might give you your heart’s desire.

The quickest way to learn how to treat a woman is to look at Christ’s example. He never married, nor did he plan to, but that didn’t stop him from approaching every woman that he encountered with grace and compassion. Did He address the Samaritan woman by saying “Go, skeezer, take your water and depart from me!”? No! Go to John 1: 4-30 to read what he really said. If you see a sister who is struggling, show her the love of Christ and begin to plant seeds of wisdom into her life. Don’t look at her as a waste of your time, but as a little sister who’s been abused and mistreated by the world. Here’s a secret: Most women, even the ones who seem catty and bitter, want to be a Proverbs 31 from the innermost part of their being. In some cases, they just need one man (any man) to show them that genuinely good, God-fearing, bible-believing men still exist. They’re just looking for that one brother who’s willing to be patient them and show a genuine concern for their well-being–no strings attached. Why do you think so many of them seek out the stereotypical gay best friend? He’s nothing more than a distorted, perverted version of what YOU’RE supposed to be as her brother in Christ. So, learn how to take care of your sisters. In doing this, you will make up for some of the damage you’ve caused to other women while living in sin (if you ever came out). Give the gifts of wisdom and love to every woman that you meet, because if she isn’t your Proverbs 31, she might be somebody else’s; and the last thing you want to be is a player hater, for lack of a better term.

Before I close, I have to address something else that’s been heavy on my mind for a minute. Men, PLEASE, don’t go around believing or getting enticed by every woman who claims to be a Proverbs 31. The worst are the ones walking around with the shirts and  jerseys with “Proverbs 31” printed in big letters. Not to be graphic, but that’s just as bad as assuming every woman you see with a “tramp stamp” is a freak. For all you know, she got that tattoo back in the 90’s (before it was a seal of shame). Any woman who really is or strives to be a Proverbs 31, doesn’t walk around advertising herself saying “here boys, come and get me!”. Newsflash: Women have caught on to what you’re looking for, mainly because you go around putting up want ads everywhere, and the clever ones have started to act accordingly. Here’s how you spot a fraud (you might wanna write these down):

– She advertises that she’s a proverbs 31 every chance that she gets (t-shirt, earrings, bumper stickers, twitter name, twitter bio, facebook status etc, etc)

– Every time there’s a co-ed event or class for singles, she’s there

– Hangs out in places where she’s likely to meet “eligible bachelors” (lounges, coffee shops, jazz clubs, etc.) for the purpose of meeting “eligible bachelors”

– Will give almost any guy the benefit of the doubt at least once, if he’s in the church, has a solid income, and/or isn’t harsh on the eyes

– Gets depressed after spending time around children or married couples

– More sociable, loving, gentle, and patient with men than w/ women (you’ll know this by other women’s accounts of her conduct when you’re not around)

– She’s always asking men what they look for in a woman

– Her closest friends exhibit Ezekiel 16 behavior and she seems to tolerate it

– As soon as you express the slightest interest in getting to know her or the slightest concern that she’s not your “ideal woman”, she appears to straighten out instantaneously

If a woman possesses any of these qualities, more than likely, you are dealing with a fraud. If she doesn’t go around boasting that she’s a Proverbs 31, but possesses any of those other qualities, she’s a “work in progress”. A true P31 won’t even recognize when she becomes one, because she isn’t boastful. After reading this post, which I hope you have, and taking my words into consideration, go and read Proverbs 31 to remind yourself what it says. I hope that this post has helped a brother or sister in Christ, if not, it was all written in vain. If you know somebody who needs to read this, don’t hesitate to pass it along. It just might help him/her from making a terrible mistake. God bless and Shalom Aleichem, until next time! 🙂

A Moment of Transparency

It’s funny how Satan will try to get you to dedicate your God given assignment to himself, one path will give you liberty to share in Satan’s inheritance and the other will give you the liberty to share in Christ’s. If the world has been handed over to Satan, why would I want anything from it? The last year, not even a year, has been a crazy journey of ups and downs, highs and lows, yeses and nos. In the end, God has made me stronger, more determined, and most importantly, more obedient. I think back to where I was last year and what I was doing….Better yet, I don’t even have to explain it to you–I can just show you:

I posted that link, because this is my moment to be transparent. I wasn’t always the person that I am today. In fact, it took me going to a concert where all types of foolishness was taking place (i.e. Rock The Bells), to be disgusted to the point that I would finally be released from a lifelong addiction–secular music. When I say released, I don’t mean that I haven’t slipped up or gone back and listened to certain songs, because I have. Everyday, especially today, I’m learning the importance of saying “no” and not doing what’ll make other people like me. I often times feel the need to justify or qualify myself when it comes to what’s hip, especially music. In the process, I “endorse” things that are blasphemous to obtain a certain level of trust that I believe is necessary to be effective. It’s finally dawned on me that I’m doing what many youth pastors and false teachers do to “win souls for Christ”. This often used phrase is, simply, not true because 1) all negativity, falsehood, and other things of the like can produce is more of itself & 2) we as human beings are incapable of doing anything for Christ that he has not and cannot do for himself.

Almost a year ago, I was given a vision (I now know it was from Satan) to create an avenue for all different areas of entertainment and arts to come together and be affective as one unit. Little did I know, I was going to allow myself to be used as a vessel for destruction. Similar to the way that Satan tried to tempt Jesus that day on the mountain, I was shown what my life could become if I surrendered myself to this vision. The ironic thing is that the name assigned to this brand, of sorts, was FAME is GOD. When you read that, you probably said to yourself “Whoa, Amber! What were you thinking?” I know, this is the point that I’m trying to make. When you entertain the devil’s embrace, he can show you things in such a way that you don’t even realize the monstrosity of a mess you’re about to create (i.e. Genesis 3).  I came to this title, because we were trying to think of a way to include Fashion, Art, and Music into one acronym. Suddenly, the word “fame” popped into my head and I ran with it. This is where the cloud of confusion really came into play….We somehow wanted to include God into the title because we were saying that all of these different things (fashion, art, music, and entertainment) come from God. While that’s true, in a sense, because He’s the creator of everything that exists, I still should’ve known better than to use such a blasphemous statement as “fame is God” for a title. I turned the GOD into an acronym for Guiding Our Destiny, and there we had it.

If I had the least bit of sense, I would have realized that the title didn’t come by happenstance; but it was a reflection of what was happening inside of me. I had turned fame into my idol and, as a result, I was willing to go against the Father to obtain it. If we had gone along with our plans, we probably could have made a name for ourselves w/in our city and opened many doors in our lives. However, I know that if I had continued on in this direction, I would have eventually lost sight of what’s most important-YHWH. Man was created to be the glory of God, but we’ve somehow turned it around to make our god the glory of ourselves. So many things that we do as people are done for the recognition, respect, or attention of others, but why does any of that matter? If you’re not directing that attention right back to the Father, then you’re no better than Lucifer himself.

Now that I’ve realized my TRUE calling, I’m ready to move forward with my life and go on about my kingdom business. It’s not about me anymore. It’s not about what’ll gain me recognition. I’m finally ready and willing to surrender my life to YHWH and let him have complete control. I’m ready to be a vessel used for his glory alone. I just wanna make my daddy proud 🙂 So, in closing, keep pushing through the hard times, even if it seems like your labor’s in vain. If it’s the will of the Father, it’s worth every once of pain. Remember that the race is not given to the swift or the strong, so keep running. I hope that I can one day use my story to encourage somebody else. God bless!

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Your New Favorite Christian Rapper: Jerrell Johnson

I don’t even have the words to describe the magnitude of excellence that will pour out of your speakers as soon as you press play. Don’t believe me? See for yourself….

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